November in the mountains is commonly known in the fire service as the start of fire season. This season typically runs from late October through mid-April.
What you need to know
Brush and vegetation are dry and readily ignite this time of year. Buncombe County has had no official burn ban issued thus far. The only thing permissible to burn is naturally occurring vegetation that grows on your own property. Burn piles must be stacked by hand and not with a machine. The Fire Marshals's office is currently discouraging open burning. However, farmers and gardeners traditionally clean their fields around this time to prepare for planting season in the Spring, and many typically burn their vegetation. We all want leaves out of our yard and in non-municipal areas, burning is and can be a safe alternative. The Fire Marshal is sharing the recommended safety tips below and asks that you please follow these precautions:
- Check weather conditions. Warm temperatures, steady or gusting winds, and low humidity are indications to postpone burning.
- Make sure to be at least 25 feet from any structure.
- Have a readily available water source.
- Have tools available such as shovels or rakes.
- Call 911 immediately if you think the fire is or may become out of control.